Science Teacher Opportunities

Part of our mission is to help spread the word about opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, and classrooms, whether they are sponsored by OSTA or not. Check this space regularly for updated information on professional development opportunities, student opportunities, and more!

FREE Teacher Opportunities


The Oregon Department of Education is recruiting qualified educators to develop phenomena statements for OSAS Science Assessment item development. We will be holding a 3-day workshop in Salem, OR on April 2-4, 2019 to provide a deep dive into NGSS-aligned science item development. After receiving training on the process, participants will work in small groups to identify appropriate scientific phenomenon which will become the basis for new cluster-type items aligned to specified performance expectations for the Oregon Science Assessment. Participants will conduct research to find primary scientific sources related to the topic, and will begin to build item interactions supported by the real-world data.

Please complete this application by Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 22, 2019.

For more information, please contact Noelle Gorbett, ODE Science Assessment Specialist,

Investigating Crayfish+ Freshwater Ecosystems Science K-12 Educator Workshop

Learn to engage grade 2-12 students in fascinating crayfish studies in this hands-on STEAM workshop. Rick Reynolds, veteran educator and author of Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems, will team up with other partners from The River Mile Network to step you through student activities including scientific investigations in your local watershed. Gain confidence to participate with The River Mile's Crayfish Study to support important research by scientists and wildlife managers. 

Two workshop dates: April 6 in Portland, and April 15 in Spokane, WA. To learn more and register, visit the website.


Foodborne disease outbreaks and food recalls frequent the news. What organisms cause these diseases? What can an individual do to protect themselves from these diseases? What measures are being taken by the federal government to prevent transmission of these diseases?

Science, health, agriculture, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks, recalls, and nutrition. Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by FDA and NSTA. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 21 – 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Included in the program are transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.

During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as the following - meet with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on foodborne diseases and nutrition; work with instructors to learn proper techniques to use in doing all the labs with their own students; and, tour USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD.

Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2019- 2020 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers.

To apply on line – deadline April 24, 2019- go to:

The Science and Our Food Supply curriculum guides on which the summer program is based are available from this website. We strongly suggest you review these guides before applying for the summer workshop.

For more information, contact Mimi Cooper at


This three day workshop will provide hands-on opportunities in the field as well as classroom time to develop curriculum tools and strategies that promote student-driven field-based science inquiry projects from kindergarten through high school. Attending teachers can also apply for a $2,000 grant ($6000 if you work collaboratively with at least two other teachers) for classroom equipment and resources for field-based inquiry investigations from the Diack Ecology Education Program. This training is sponsored by the Diack Ecology Education Program of the Oregon Science Teachers Association and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS), a public charter school in Salem, Oregon, focusing on field-based environmental science. Workshop dates are August 13-15 at Opal Creek Forest Center. Click here to view flyer and register!

FREE Online Courses


During this webinar you will learn about tools that you can use to shift your instruction. We will begin with anchoring phenomenon and using and organizing student questions to drive instruction. Tools for student discourse, using whiteboard for developing models and explanations, and monitoring student understanding over time will be shared. Student work samples will also be shared, so you can see what the tools look like when they are being used. These tools can be used with lessons you are already using. Webinar will be held on March 11 from 4:30-5:30pm on Zoom. Click here to register.

task annotation project in science: introductory webinar

Would you like to learn more about @AchieveInc's recently released Task Annotation Project in Science (TAPS)? Attend a webinar hosted by the TAPS leadership group on March 12 at 2pm ET to introduce the resources, share key takeaways, and discuss. Register:


This course offering from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on student evidence. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data. To learn more and register, click here.


The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project guides collaborative groups of participants through SNAP's process of developing multidimensional performance assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn about the design of NGSS performance assessments by examining a sample classroom assessment, and they will learn to use SNAP's tools for planning, designing, and evaluating high-quality performance assessments. To learn more and register, click here.

Teacher Training/Courses


Date and Time: Thursday-Sunday, March 28-31, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The teacher is a naturalist, and the classroom is their ecosystem! This four-day intensive course will foster conversation through active learning (both physically and mentally) via hikes, shared meals, and sharing experiences in nature together.

This will be an experiential and play-based learning course for teachers who want to actively learn more about their students through observation and reflection.

The course will begin with a twilight hike and fireside chat Thursday evening, and conclude at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Click here for more information and to register.


Spring 2019 Term (3 cr; April 1 – June 14, 2019) Ecampus Online; Corvallis Campus

Instructor: Dr. Leon H. Liegel -

Serves degree- and nondegree-seeking graduate learners who seek basic knowledge of soil biological, chemical, and physical properties but have limited academic or work experience in science topics. Suitable for continuing education units (CEUs) or Professional Development Units (PDUs). Students identify and compare factors motivating individuals, landowners, land managers, politicians, and other stakeholders to choose soil use, enhancement, or protection as societal goals.  Such choices affect how individuals, families, and local to national institutions prioritize soil management across rural, urban, and mixed-use landscapes.

NOTE: Undergraduate seniors from any discipline can register for SOIL 511.


Are you looking to learn's CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) or CS Principles (grades 9-12) curricula? George Fox University,'s Oregon regional partner, will be putting on week-long professional development workshops July 29, 2019 - August 2, 2019. Applications are now open, Apply Now.

Pogil 2019 3-Day Summer Workshops

Where: Lewis & Clark College

When: July 30-August 1

Registration open now!

Summer workshops are designed for both those who are new to POGIL and those who have previously attended a POGIL workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, those who are new to POGIL will attend a Fundamentals of POGIL session while those participants who have previously attended a POGIL workshop will attend two sessions of universal application. The start of the second day will expose all participants to POGIL activity structure and facilitation in a POGIL classroom. For the remainder of the workshop, participants will follow a series of sessions focused on their chosen area of interest - Activity Writing, Classroom Facilitation or Implementing POGIL in the Lab. Visit this page for more information on each of the tracks. If you're still not sure which track is right for you, contact Marcy Dubroff at

Scholarship Opportunity: A limited number of scholarships are available to rural high school STEM teachers from the States of Washington and Idaho and Oregon. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on meeting eligibility criteria and demonstrating a commitment to student-centered learning. For details on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, please click on the following link: Scholarship Application


A project of the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education, the Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. Teachers earn three graduate credits and the enrollment cost is a mere $600, which includes accommodations, classroom resources and food. Registration is open now! Workshops take place in Corvallis and La Grande. Click here to register and learn more.

Student/Classroom Opportunities


Students are inviting their local communities to "Go Green and Think Blue" by joining them in the annual Students for Zero Waste Week campaign. During this campaign, students focus on reducing land-based waste in order to protect the health of local marine environments. These young leaders are raising awareness of how single-use plastic and other types of litter affect the health of local watersheds, national marine sanctuaries, and the ocean. In addition, some schools are looking at ways to reduce their energy use on campus with hopes of raising awareness of how the burning of fossil fuels also impacts the health of the ocean. To learn more, join us for an orientation webinar! Register now for either date: Tuesday, March 12th, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time or Tuesday, March 12th, 4:00 P.M. Pacific Time.


Fifty years ago, NASA took one giant leap for mankind. - the Apollo Program! July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in Apollo 11.

The South Metro Salem STEM Partnership, as the designated Challenge host for NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP), will hold a statewide challenge on July 20, 2019, at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas, OR.

The challenge - called the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge) – includes team engineering design, flying a drone and programming a Lego robot. The team that wins the Oregon Hub Challenges will earn a Grand Prize of a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!

A downloadable PDF brochure with more information about the challenge (this info is Oregon-specific) is available. The main challenge site (national info) is IS CURRENTLY OPEN and will close March 31, 2019. Coaches interested in leading a team are eligible for travel assistance, free equipment and a stipend for participation. No experience necessary. There will be Coach Trainings in BendKlamath Falls and Wilsonville.

Hilda Pereyo ( and Theresa Desaulniers ( are the Oregon leads for the competition and are happy to answer any questions.

The Portland Section of the American Chemical Society (Portland Section ACS) provides this form [] to assist teachers in recognizing outstanding chemistry students. The Portland Section prepares a certificate for each student named on the form and will mail (or email, your choice) the certificates to you for presentation to students during an award ceremony. This year there are TWO OPTIONS for delivery of certificates: 1. USPS mail; and 2. EMAIL. Providing an EMAIL OPTION saves ACS Portland mailing cost and delivers the certificates to you more quickly. Please provide your information in the form below ESPECIALLY NOTING DELIVERY OPTION. Deadline for nominations is May 17, 2019. Contact Martha Diblee with any questions.


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